Halle Berry to Receive the People’s Icon Award at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards
A Story by Jasmine Kaur
Halle Berry is set to be honored with The People’s Icon Award at the People’s Choice Awards 2021. A former Bond girl is praised by rap superstar Cardi B for her outstanding contributions to television and film and philanthropy at the awards ceremony on December 7.
NBCUniversal Entertainment Television and Streaming Executive Vice President Jen Neal said: “Throughout her career, Halle Berry has broken down barriers, directed and starred in diverse roles that have paved the way for others in the industry.
“In addition to her filmography and positive spirit, Berry is known for her philanthropic work with women, children, and poorly serviced communities. She is an icon of our time and for all these reasons and more, we are honored to present her with The People’s Icon award.”
About his work
The 55-year-old Oscar-winner’s most popular movies include ‘Monster’s Ball’, ‘The Flintstones’, ‘Gothika’, and 2002 Bond movie ‘Die Another Day, in which she starred as Jinx alongside Pierce Brosnan’s 007.
Halle recently made his directorial debut with “Bruised”. In this sports drama, she also plays a shameful MMA fighter who has decided to return to an unsanctioned bout.
Halle was also the executive producer of the BET TV series “Boomerang” based on the 1992 movie in which she starred.
From a philanthropic point of view, Halle helped a non-profit organization to prevent domestic violence in Los Angeles while launching her diabetes awareness campaign.
The “Kings” star, also known as her activist, has been campaigning for a variety of causes, especially climate change, over the years.
The People’s Choice Awards 2021 will take place on December 7th at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California.
The 55-year-old Cleveland indigenous people made their feature film debut in 1991 in Spike Lee’s interracial drama “Jungle Fever.” Since then, her extensive work has included projects such as “The Flintstones”, “X-Men”, “Catwoman”, “Solomon &Sheva”, and “Extant”.
Berry’s philanthropy includes working with the Genes Center in Los Angeles, helping victims of domestic violence, and a diabetes-aware campaign by Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Berry was born Maria Halle Berry in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 14, 1966, the daughter of Judith Ann (née Hawkins), a white English immigrant from Liverpool, and Jerome Jesse Berry, an African-American man.Her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry at the age of five. Her parents selected her middle name from Halle’s Department Store, which was then a local landmark in Cleveland. Berry’s mother worked as a psychiatric nurse, and her father worked in the same hospital as an attendant in the psychiatric ward; he later became a bus driver. They divorced when Berry was four years old, and she and her older sister Heidi Berry-Henderson were raised exclusively by their mother. She has been estranged from her father since childhood, noting in 1992 that she did not even know if he was still alive. Her father was abusive to her mother, and Berry has recalled witnessing her mother being beaten daily, kicked downstairs, and hit in the head with a wine bottle.
Berry grew up in Oakwood, Ohio, and graduated from Bedford High School, where she was a cheerleader, honor student, editor of the school newspaper, and prom queen. She worked in the children’s department at Higbee’s Department store. She then studied at Cuyahoga Community College. In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986. She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges. She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986, where she finished sixth and Trinidad and Tobago’s Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World.
Berry was ranked No. 1 on People’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list in 2003 after making the top ten seven times and appeared No. 1 on FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” the same year. She was named Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” in October 2008, about which she stated: “I don’t know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I’ll take it. “Men’s Health ranked her at No. 35 on their “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” list. In 2009, she was voted #23 on Empire’s 100 Sexiest Film Stars. The same year, rapper Hurricane Chris released a song entitled “Halle Berry (She’s Fine),” extolling Berry’s beauty and sex appeal. At the age of 42 (in 2008), she was named the “Sexiest Black Woman” by Access Hollywood’s “TV One Access” survey. Born to an African-American father and a white mother, Berry has stated that her biracial background was “painful and confusing” when she was a young woman, and she made the decision early on to identify as a black woman because she knew that was how she would be perceived.